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What Happens when you Decide to be Green?

 

What happens when you decide to be Green, Eco-friendly, sustainable, and earth-friendly? You not only feel like part of a solution, you also learn and become aware of so many things that you once took for granted. Once you begin to do the small things that are “Green”, you then find new bigger ways to be Green.  

You begin to notice other ways of not being Green and your mindset changes. You start to create new ways to help the planet.  It turns into a passion.

Educating ourselves creates a snowball effect.

When we educate ourselves a process that snowballs happen within you.  You just naturally learn more and more. You begin to find it fascinating and fun. It’s a trend in the beginning, and then it becomes a habit, then a new way of life.  It becomes second nature. 

For me, personally,  I start feeling freer, cleaner, clearer, and healthier.  It’s a mindset, it’s a way of being.  It just can’t help but become my state of being.

Being Green is actually “Being Green” it is so true!  It isn’t a twist on words.  Again, for me, is my new way of seeing, reacting, and responding in life.  Not only in a materialistic view of ” less waste”, “less footprint” but also in how I view all of life, all of my actions, and how I view all of life’s inhabitants.  Including trees, plants, and yes, even weeds. 

It’s seeing everything as having an important role in the cycle of life here on Earth.  Watching how life has a way of sustainability that works perfectly without humans. How it has for centuries! 

 

What happens when you decide to be Green? 


You start to have a reverence for life as a whole.

You start to have a reverence for life as a whole.  It is a deep, deep sense of gratitude, of beauty, and of my reactions to such.  For instance, I used to use pesticides.  I didn’t know better at that point in my life. I was in my 20’s.  Now it makes me cringe. I don’t want mosquitoes in my yard to bite my children or myself and I also don’t want to kill the insects that keep my trees, garden growing, and eat other annoying insects to be killed. 

Nowadays, I do not use pesticides unless there is no other way. I protect bees, ladybugs, praying mantis, etc.  I even catch and release spiders, the non-poisonous ones.  I have a sense of gratitude for insects that before I just deemed them all pests to be killed. Of no real use in this world. 

You make more conscious decisions.

What happens when you decide to be Green? Now, I choose my battles and my causes. Choose my cars, the paint I use, my food, and the ways of dealing with unwanted items and I decide consciously, as before I just fell prey to marketing and commercialism. I didn’t think twice about what I used or disgarded.

Being Green is a conscious way of living.  It is being awake!  It’s working to live in harmony with all life and be a part of the natural sustainability that happens without humans.

It’s living in gratitude for this amazing planet that we have been a part of and maintaining this Earth as our home as something precious. To me, it is! Trendy, yes and so very necessary for us to begin to see being green as one of the most important ways to Be. Lisa Hawkins It’s Hip to be Green®

Being Green: Photo by Noah Buscher

Our inner world being Green is important

Our inner world being Green is important.   I work as a counselor also, so I work on my inner world as well as my outer world.  I feel this is important because how I project my actions to the world is in direct proportion to my inner world.   What does this have to do with Being Green?  So much!

Being Green truly is a state of being.  I has to do with how you feel about the world we live in.  What is important to you, in the form of lifestyle.  This has everything to do with being green.

I love life, I do, I love the bees, trees, plants, and I love this planet!  I really do love this planet.  It breaks my heart to see it polluted, and destroyed, the bees being killed off at massive proportions, it brings tears to my eyes to see the ocean polluted and sea life harmed, coral reefs dying, the polar caps melting.

That comes from a place of gratitude and grace for what a gift this planet is.  That is something that isn’t from just going through the motions of recycling and taking my own grocery bag to the food store.  That comes from a love of all life.

When people come from a place of non-acceptance of what is truly going on in the world, a place of greed, or of materialism, and no gratitude it shows up in their purchases, actions, discussions, their mood,  their state of being.  That is how they project on to the world.

So, when I say your inner world being green is important that is why.  It is how you actually are ” being” in the world.

I love being green and I love learning and finding new ways to be green, it is indeed fun for me.  I love how I become more connected to the earth and it’s creatures. I can handle wasps without being stung.  They sense that I have no fear, I’ve picked up a snake, a scared mouse.  My being green looks like me being more in touch with gratitude for everything we have on this planet.

I work hard at not taking it for granted.  I practice love and gratitude.  So when I wreck my car and I can’t bring myself to have the insurance company put aftermarket “new” parts on it, when there is stock piles of damaged cars for the picking to get used parts off of, I do it.  I just drive my car wrecked until which time, I can do less harm.

You see being green isn’t about fast and easy, it is about taking our time to do what is best for our home.  It is about taking care of, just like we would our own homes, or apartments, or condos.  We keep them clean and take care of them.  Our planet is no different.   It is our home!  Being green on the inside is important.  It dictates our choices.  It’s Hip To Be Green®

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dakota Access Protesters Trashed the Land?

Dakota Access Protesters Trashed the Land?  So, they are being accused of doing so, is it true?

On February 7, the Trump Administration gave the final green light to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, bringing an end to the efforts of thousands of water protectors gathered to protest its construction. The media coverage at Standing Rock has been divided at best, and even now, as the last of the people have been forced to evacuate, they are accused of trashing the land around them.  

People all over the world started arriving last August (and even earlier) because they want clean energy and believe it is time we fight our dependence on big oil with greener technologies, not pipelines that threaten our precious ecosystems. The thousands of protectors who gathered made their presence and voices stand in unison not only to protect the waters potentially affected by this pipeline, but to show that it truly is hip to be green. As Louise Liu pointed out in Business Insider, the protest helped reshape “the national conversation for any environmental project that would cross the Native American land,” despite ultimately losing the battle against NDAPL. We hope that the conversation will also continue at national and even global levels to stand in solidarity against companies who harm our earth.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has refused to extend the deadlines needed for the protectors to return to the land and collect the donations and their personal belongings held at the camp. Because of the winter, especially with freezing and thawing temperatures that create tremendous mud, many people cannot return to collect their items. The USACE’s refusal to work with them will cost taxpayers roughly $1 million for them to complete the cleanup. Many belongings have been bulldozed and tossed into the landfill.  

What a waste.

Depending on your point of view, you’ll find a story about the cleanup (or lack thereof) that suits your worldview. This type of relativism lends many to believe that “alternative facts” can be used to label anything that doesn’t match how we see things. But in some cases you can leave all of that behind, and just do what you know to be right. Being green can happen, no matter what facts you want to listen to. 

Being green is about small, tiny choices you can make all day long— regardless of what you believe about protecting our environment. Many people choose to bring less and less chemicals in their homes. From cleaning products to organic food to the creams we rub on our skin, there has been a strong movement to “green ourselves up” from the insides of our homes to the insides of our bodies. We want to protect our family’s health. We make these choices apparent with the products that we buy, and when you see the availability increasing you know that the demand is also raising for these types of conscious consumerism. It is Hip To Be Green! Many of us choose not to bring toxins into our personal environments, even if climate change is not something we choose to acknowledge or think about. However, you can also make small, tiny choices that help to keep our planet clean. You can be an earth protector every day.  Whether “Green” is only to protect your family’s health or to protect the Earth, It is Hip To Be Green!